Matilde Marques


PhD (visiting) student

Research Interests

Currently a Ph.D student, Matilde Marques’s research focuses on increasing octocorals resilience towards climate change scenarios through microbiome manipulation, as well as exploring octocoral-associated viruses. Her background includes research on the anticancer activity of chemical extracts from marine bacterial symbionts of soft corals and sponges.

Selected Publications

  • Couceiro, JF. et al. (2021) ‘The Roseibium album (Labrenzia alba) genome possesses multiple symbiosis factors possibly underpinning host-microbe relationships in the marine benthos’, Microbiol. Resour. Announc., 10, doi:10.1128/MRA.00320-2
  • Marques, M. et al. (2020) ‘Metagenome-assembled genome sequences of three uncultured Planktomarina sp. strains from the northeast Atlantic Ocean’, Microbiol. Resour. Announc., 9, doi:10.1128/mra.00127-20



  • Ph.D., Biotechnology and Biosciences, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon University, Portugal, Present
  • M.Sc., Biotechnology, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon University, Portugal, 2019
  • B.Sc., Biology, Faculdade de Ciências, Lisbon University, Portugal, 2017


  • Best Poster Communication Award, Microbiotec 2021
  • Academic Excellence Diploma for my Masters in Biotechnology, 2020
  • Academic Merit Diploma for my Masters Studies, 2019

KAUST Affiliations

Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)

Non-KAUST Affiliations

Biological Sciences Research Group, Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences, Instituto Superior Técnico

Research Interests Keywords

Octocoral virome Marine Probiotics Host-microbiome interactions Comparative genomics Applied Microbiology